Trump seeks to move from bystander to dealmaker on immigration
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump
is impatient to return to the immigration negotiating table, despite advice from some aides that he allow lawmakers to strike their own agreement, people who have spoken with him said.Peeved by the perception the government funding stalemate was resolved in spite of -- and not owing to -- his leadership, Trump is eager to rebut the notion he sat on the back benches during the debate over ending the shutdown, the people who have spoken with him said. Even before the government reopened, the rush to Trump's ear began in earnest Monday as a half-dozen of the Senate's immigration hard-liners came to the White House for talks. He held a separate meeting with two moderate Democratic senators.
'Dealmaker in chief' largely absent in weekend shutdown negotiationsA year into his administration, Trump's positions on immigration remain muddled, despite insistence from the White House that he has clearly outlined his views. A series of failed deals over the past several weeks underscored his shifting positions.While the White House rushed to declare political victory as the impasse ended, the fact that the President may have been more helpful staying on the sidelines than being deeply engaged raised serious questions about his role going forward.Simply a bystander?
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